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Pandemonium Drummers on BBC Radio 2

Seven volunteer drummers and two drum captains played live on Zoe Ball and Richard Bacon Go for Gold.

The two hour show on 9th August featured interviews and live drumming from a very small subset of the Pandemonium Drummers. Because of the size of the BBC Studio, only nine of us could fit in the room.

Mr Bacon, Zoe Ball, Richard Bacon
Playing along the track And I Will Kiss, which is the music to the Industrial Revolution segment of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, is easy enough for us under normal circumstances, but in this case we only had two headphones, so the drummers could not hear the playback at all. We therefore had to rely on visual cues to keep us in time - which did not always work perfectly, but eventually we overcame this challenge.

Our performance was extremely well received in the studio. And Richard Bacon even brought his parents in, who had tickets to the Opening Ceremony and gave us a fantastic review.

Overall, we had a fantastic time at BBC Radio 2 - thanks for inviting us!
More photos to follow.

The show is available on iPlayer until 15th August 2012.

ABOUTPandemonium Drummers

The Pandemonium Drummers were originally put together by London 2012 Ceremonies for the Pandemonium segment of Danny Boyle's spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony. Following the Ceremony, the volunteer drummers kept on performing at a variety of events.

Based on their extensive training, they performed at other Opening Ceremonies, including the UEFA Champions League Final 2013, the FA Cup Final 2014, and the Heineken Cup Final 2014, and at a variety of large and small festivals as well as sports and community events. The Pandemonium Drummers are a returning act in London's major parades, including the London New Years' Day Parade, St Patrick's Day Parade, and the Lord Mayor's Show, and they coined Cheer Drumming, supporting runners at major sports events across the capital and beyond. The Pandemonium Drummers have supported the Special Olympics, the Teenage Cancer Trust, and a wide range of other charities.

The Pandemonium Drummers are a constituted association with charitable aims, and are working on a non-profit basis as volunteers.

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